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    Katie Hopkins dumped by Big Brother after Australia hotel quarantine claims

    Seven terminates contract and British far-right figure expected to leave country after joking about plans to breach quarantine rules


    Katie Hopkins is expected to be dumped from Channel Seven’s Big Brother and leave the country after posting a video complaining about hotel quarantine in Sydney. Photograph: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Politicon


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    Sun 18 Jul 2021 08.46 BST

    British far-right figure Katie Hopkins has been dumped as a cast member of Seven’s Big Brother VIP and will leave the country after breaching her contract, Guardian Australia can reveal.
    Hopkins, 46, broadcast a live video from what she claimed was a Sydney hotel room on Saturday morning, describing Covid-19 lockdowns as “the greatest hoax in human history” while joking about elaborate plans to breach quarantine rules.
    On Saturday home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, ordered an urgent review of whether Hopkins has breached her visa conditions by publicly flouting quarantine rules.
    But the review has been superseded by a decision to terminate her contract, Guardian Australia understands.

    Talent contracts have an out-clause: don’t bring the network into disrepute.
    It is also a requirement of any overseas personality to comply with visa conditions.
    Seven confirmed the decision on Sunday afternoon.
    “Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP,” the network said. “Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”

    Hopkins was contracted to Shine rather than Seven.
    Last year, Hopkins had her Twitter account with 1.1m followers permanently suspended for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy.

    Hopkins, who was repeatedly retweeted by former US president Donald Trump, was removed to “keep Twitter safe”, according to the social media platform.
    Hopkins previously compared migrants to cockroaches and claimed the photograph of a dead Syrian boy lying on a beach that sparked a wave of compassion across Europe was staged, as well as stating that people with dementia should not “block” hospital beds.

    The production company making Big Brother VIP, Endemol Shine Australia, and Channel Seven were scrambling on Sunday to respond to the growing crisis which threatened to overshadow the broadcast of the Tokyo Olympic Games which starts on Seven on Friday.
    Seven has booked hundreds of millions of dollars of advertising and cannot afford for sponsors to pull out due to public pressure.

    Toyota, Woolworths, Optus and McDonald’s lead the list of major sponsors, while Harvey Norman, AAMI, and HP are also signed on. Social media activists and the public have started to target advertisers.


    The government-ordered review comes as Labor says the federal government should never have granted Hopkins a visa or border exemption in the first place, releasing a ministerial briefing that outlines the minister’s powers to deny entry to anyone considered a “controversial” visitor.
    Greens anti-racism spokesperson Mehreen Faruqi said Seven “has some serious questions to answer” about why they chose to normalise racism on Australian television.

    “Hopkins should never have been offered a platform to spew her hate in the first place and Seven should not be let off the hook,” senator Faruqi said.

    The deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has also suggested Hopkins be deported, saying anyone who flouts Australian law should “pack your bongo and get out of the country”.


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    Hopkins has been allowed into the country despite tens of thousands of Australians being stranded overseas and unable to return home due to reduced flight caps.
    The limit on the number of international arrivals coming into Australia via commercial flights was halved from 14 July over concerns from some state premiers about the infectiousness of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
    Andrews said she had requested the Australian Border Force review the case.
    “It is despicable that anyone would behave in such a way that puts our health officials and community at risk,” Andrews said on Sunday.
    “Yesterday I directed Australian Border Force to immediately consider the facts of this matter and urgently review whether this individual is complying with the requirements of her visa.
    “Border Force have been responding to that overnight, and continue to do so today.”
    She said the Big Brother contestants had received an exemption to come into the country “based on support by the NSW government”.
    “The NSW government approved quarantine for Big Brother contestants above the quarantine cap,” Andrews said.
    The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, also said temporary visa holders needed to “obey public health orders”.
    “Where visa conditions are breached, individuals may face visa cancellation in accordance with the law,” Hawke said on Twitter.
    When asked about whether Hopkins should remain in the country after breaching quarantine rules, the deputy prime minister said he would happily see her deported.
    “I‘m the one who wanted to send home Johnny Depp’s dogs so I have no problem sending home someone who wants to flout our laws,” Joyce told the ABC.
    “If you want to do that, pack your bongo and get out of country.”

    Labor’s acting home affairs spokesman Andrew Giles released a ministerial briefing received by Andrews when she took over the portfolio, obtained through freedom of information laws, which outline the powers available to the government under section 501 of the Migration Act.

    The document says that the act allows the minister to cancel or refuse a visa to persons who are considered to be controversial visitors.
    Giles said the minister did not use the powers available to her and accused her of hiding behind NSW for “what is the most fundamental responsibility of national government”.
    “Ms Andrews was told about her powers – and responsibility – to deal with people just like the notorious Ms Hopkins. Why did she ignore this, putting at risk workers and our social cohesion?”

    The Australian Muslim Advocacy Network also criticised the move, writing to the prime minister, Scott Morrison, to question whether a character assessment had been undertaken before her visa was granted.

    “The decision to allow Katie Hopkins into Australia for a public-facing purpose is highly controversial and should have triggered a serious character assessment,” the letter from AMAN’s Rita Jabri-Markwell said.
    “Hopkins has socialised and mainstreamed the conspiracy theory of an ‘Islamic invasion’ and ‘Islamic takeover’ to broad public audiences, heightening the risk to families and communities who experience hate speech, harassment and threats in public places and other forms of hate crime.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/18/far-right-commentator-katie-hopkins-to-be-dumped-by-channel-seven-after-sydney-hotel-quarantine-claims

    reportedly her visa has been cancelled too.






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    I'm amazed she got on to Big Brother (which I've never watched) here in Oz. Apart from the fact next to nobody knows who she is over here, there is her infamous rightwingnuttery in the UK. Hardly PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post

    Ah the left wing karens are against drug use now

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    He Shoots…….He misses yet again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    I'm amazed she got on to Big Brother (which I've never watched) here in Oz. Apart from the fact next to nobody knows who she is over here, there is her infamous rightwingnuttery in the UK. Hardly PC.
    Shock factor for the station? I had to goole who she was. Just a nasty cockroach herself. Nice to see her receive some just deserts and sent back home.

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    Katie Hopkins to be deported from Australia ‘imminently’ after visa cancelled

    Minister Karen Andrews says British far-right commentator entered country with support of NSW government to appear on Seven Network’s Big Brother VIP


    Katie Hopkins will be deported and her Australian visa has been cancelled after she boasted about breaching hotel quarantine conditions. She travelled to Sydney to appear in Big Brother VIP. Photograph: Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images


    The Australian government has cancelled Katie Hopkins’ visa after the far-right commentator boasted about breaching hotel quarantine conditions.


    The cancellation was announced by the home affairs minister, Karen Andrews, on Monday – and follows a decision by Endemol Shine Australia to cancel her contract to appear on Seven Network’s Big Brother VIP. Hopkins will now be required to leave the country.
    Hopkins, 46, broadcast a live video from what she claimed was a Sydney hotel room on Saturday morning, describing Covid-19 lockdowns as “the greatest hoax in human history” while joking about elaborate plans to breach quarantine rules. In the Instagram video, which is no longer available to view, she said she was trying to “frighten” security guards by answering her hotel door naked and maskless.



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    On Monday Andrews said Hopkins’ behaviour was “shameful”, describing it as “a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown”.
    “The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was appalling,” she told ABC News Breakfast.
    Andrews confirmed that Australian Border Force had now cancelled her visa, saying it had “acted quickly” to do so.
    “We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can possibly arrange that. So I’m hopeful that it will happen imminently.”
    Andrews sought to shift the blame for Hopkins’ entry to Australia, explaining that although issuing visas is a federal responsibility “she actually came into the country with support of a state government”.
    The minister said state governments ask the federal government “reasonably regularly” to admit people above the hotel quarantine caps because “there is an economic benefit” to them coming to Australia.
    “So she came in here on the basis of potential benefit to the economy.”
    Labor’s acting home affairs spokesperson, Andrew Giles, rejected that defence – arguing that the federal government had enabled Hopkins’ travel.


    Australia’s immigration laws contain broad discretionary powers to refuse entry to people the government considers of bad character. These have been used to block the entry of the conspiracy theorist David Icke and the US whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
    During the pandemic, Australia has imposed strict limits on the number of people allowed in hotel quarantine. Since July just 3,070 arrivals are allowed each week, despite there being more than 30,000 Australians stranded overseas and seeking to return home.
    Asked if the federal government had given Hopkins a visa because she was considered of good character, Andrews replied that she was “clearly not someone that we want to keep in this country for a second longer than we have to”.
    Last year Hopkins had her Twitter account with 1.1 million followers permanently suspended for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy.
    Hopkins, who was repeatedly retweeted by the former US president Donald Trump, was removed to “keep Twitter safe”, according to the social media platform.
    She has previously compared migrants to cockroaches and claimed the photograph of a dead Syrian boy lying on a beach that sparked a wave of compassion across Europe was staged, as well as stating that people with dementia should not “block” hospital beds.
    On Saturday Giles and the Labor MP Josh Burns blasted the Morrison government for allowing Hopkins to enter Australia.
    “This should never have happened, and now her behaviour is putting people at risk,” Giles said.
    Burns said Hopkins had “called Islam disgusting, migrants ‘cockroaches’ and called for a ‘final solution’”. “How does she get a visa, let alone a spot in quarantine over Australians?”
    The Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi described Hopkins’ admission to Australia as a new low while thousands of families remain separated from their loved ones overseas.
    The production company making Big Brother VIP, Endemol Shine Australia, and Channel Seven scrambled on Sunday to respond to the growing crisis, which threatened to overshadow the broadcast of the Tokyo Olympic Games which starts on Seven on Friday.
    “Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP,” the network said. “Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/australi...-seven-network




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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Apart from the fact next to nobody knows who she is over here
    Nor about anywhere else for that matter.

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    she said she was trying to “frighten” security guards by answering her hotel door naked and maskless.
    It's a tough call as to which one terrified them the most.

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    Fair comment from The Age:

    There was no Australian capable of filling the role of loud-mouthed, far-right commentator?

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    I can think of a fair few.

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    Here's the video of the stupid cnut


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    Maybe she'll get bookings on Fox, OAN and NewsMax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Maybe she'll get bookings on Fox, OAN and NewsMax.
    Yes, this'll be good publicity for her.

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    Well Caitllyn Jenner has abandoned her bid for the governorship of California. To go to Australia and join the Big Brother show. Boy of boy is this a stupid show or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Well Caitllyn Jenner has abandoned her bid for the governorship of California. To go to Australia and join the Big Brother show. Boy of boy is this a stupid show or what?
    And Big Brother Australia isn't much better.

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    Why the hell is an Aussie show getting all these unknown international right wing figures in? To make fun of them?
    Anyone seen an episode of Big Brother? What's it about?

    Edit.
    Just googled and tried to watch a bit. God almighty, awful. How do those shows succeed.
    I'm a Survivor and MasterChef fan but they are in a far superior league of reality TV. (Survor only because there are teams.)
    Edit edit.
    And Hells Kitchen.
    Last edited by Cujo; 20-07-2021 at 08:52 PM.
    “If we stop testing right now we’d have very few cases, if any.” Donald J Trump.

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    There's probably hundreds of them on yt ffs.

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    I volunteer Marjorie Taylor Green.

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    Just another twat who doesn't know who actually watches post on social media. It is all a big laugh? What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    There's probably hundreds of them on yt ffs.
    When I said I googled it I should've said YT'd it. Fucking aweful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Just another twat who doesn't know who actually watches post on social media. It is all a big laugh? What?
    Say what now? (I see it's the hard liquor you're into tonight)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    When I said I gooled it I should've said YT'd it. Fucking aweful.
    Your edit after the fact does not make your post any better....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Your edit after the fact does not make your post any better....
    Oh fuck off you pedantic twat.
    Googled it, YT'd it, either way it's fucking awful.
    Or are you a fan?

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